Local libraries open registration for summer reading program

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 5/25/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

More than 40 eager young readers have already reserved their spot in Jasper Public Library’s annual summer reading program.

Registration began on Monday. The program, which kicks off June 14, is limited to 175 …

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Local libraries open registration for summer reading program

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Daily Mountain Eagle

More than 40 eager young readers have already reserved their spot in Jasper Public Library’s annual summer reading program.

Registration began on Monday. The program, which kicks off June 14, is limited to 175 participants between ages 5 and 12 due to fire code restrictions.

Library assistant Jennifer Eads said this year’s program is open to approximately 50 more children than usual because presentations have been moved from the community room to the main library area.

Registration will end June 14 or when all spaces have been filled. Children must be registered by a parent or legal guardian.

In keeping with this year’s theme,“Build a Better World,” the library is currently hosting a display of LEGO creations.

The summer reading program lasts for six weeks. There is no cost to participate.

Children who attend at least four presentations and read at least eight books will be recognized at the July 19 finale.

This year’s program is presented by the Walker Area Community Foundation’s Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. More than a dozen businesses and area nonprofits have offered additional support for the program.

Presentations will be held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Meeting times vary for other branches within the Carl Elliott Regional Library System. Registration is ongoing at each of CERL’s branches in Walker and Winston counties.

The schedule for the upcoming summer reading program is as follows:

Jasper Public Library

June 14 — Jungle Adventures with Rick Rakestraw

June 21 — Creative Kids Movement with April Madison

June 28 — Visit from horses and instructors at the EASI Ranch

July 5 — Magic Man Entertainment with Bill Packard

July 12 — Experiments, robots and interactive play with Becky Persons

July 19 — Touch-A-Truck (held in parking lot of Jasper Civic Center)

Carbon Hill Public Library

Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

June 14 — Adventures with Rick Rakestraw

June 21 — Creative Kids Movement with April Madison

June 28 — Storyteller Joyce Smith

July 5 — Magic Man Entertainment with Bill Packard

July 12 — Experiments, robots and interactive play with Becky Persons

Sumiton Public Library

Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

June 6 — Visit from Sumiton Police officers

June 13 — Local teachers will show how to build a better world

June 20 — Sumiton Fire Department

June 27 — Camp McDowell

July 11 — Movie Day

July 18 — Water Fun Day

Arley Public LibraryWednesdays at 1 p.m.

June 14 — Recycling at Camp McDowell

June 21 — Movie Day

June 28 — McWane Science Center

July 5 — Build a better pizza with Papa Murphy’s

July 12 — Cornerstone Construction

July 19 — Awards Day

Double Springs Public Library

Thursdays at 10 a.m.

June 15 — Building a hive with Charles Brannon

June 22 — Animal tales

June 29 — Yarbrough’s reptiles

July 6 — Handy animals

July 13 — Furry forest friends

July 20 — Pool party and awards day

Haleyville Public

Library

Thursdays at 10 a.m.

June 15 — Magic City LEGO users group

June 22 — Build a better you

June 29 — Princess Stinky feet author Kim Dozier

July 6 — Handy animals

July 13 — Build a better environment

July 20 — Edible architecture and awards day

Jasper Public Library has hosted a summer reading program for over 40 years.

Recent research suggests that participants, particularly low-income students, are still reaping the benefits of such programs up to two years later. Summer reading programs are designed to help close the achievement gap between children from low and high income famillies.